J&J Procurement Chief to Deliver “Dean’s Lecture” as Part of School's National Engineers Week Events

Leonardo (Len) DeCandia ENG’82 has been selected to deliver the 2017 Rutgers School of Engineering Dean’s Lecture on Wednesday, February 23, as part of the school’s events marking National Engineers Week. DeCandia has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, health care, and consumer products industries with expertise in engineering, manufacturing, procurement, and end-to-end supply chain management.

According to an article in Fortune, the supply chain field will be looking to fill 1.4 million new workers by 2018. New talent is needed in a variety of areas, including high tech, analytics, robotics, and engineering, as well as human resources, marketers, and data analysts.

DeCandia’s lecture remarks are expected to address the growth opportunities for engineers in supply chain management alongside a future perspective of the industry based on his long career in the field.

DeCandia began his career at Johnson & Johnson, where he remained for 15 years, and has held leadership positions in global engineering, operations, and supply chain management at companies, including Roche Pharmaceutical, AmerisourceBergen Corporation, and Estee Lauder Companies. In 2014, he returned to Johnson & Johnson as chief procurement officer.

Over the course of his career, DeCandia has been responsible for introducing critical fundamental concepts which have led to greater pharmaceutical supply chain security and overall supply chain efficiency in the U.S. He has also deployed advance practices in sourcing, supplier management, sustainability policies, and supplier innovation.

DeCandia holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University, as well as an MBA from the university. He is a founder and has served as chair of the Rutgers Business School Supply Chain Management Center for over 10 years. He is currently a member of the Rutgers Business School Advisory Board and is also an adjunct professor teaching a graduate course in innovation management.  

National Engineers Week is the catalyst that sparks organizations and volunteers to make a difference by engaging students in engineering and celebrating the profession. From February 19 to 25, 2017, Rutgers School of Engineering will advance the engineering profession through campus and community events, including Interns Present, a showcase for engineering students to share their internship experiences with other students, cardboard canoe races at Werblin Recreation Center, Young Engineers Day, and Engineering Spirit Day events. Find out more>>